Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What Makes Me Happy {The Happy Little Hive}

Welcome to my weekly series, What Makes Me Happy! Don't we all need a little happy now and then. I can certainly tell you that THREE days until summer break makes me one happy boy.

I'd like to introduce you to Melissa of The Happy Little Hive. Melissa is such a great blog friend. Take it away, Melissa!

Hi!  I'm Melissa from The Happy Little Hive and I can't tell y'all how HaPpY I am to be here today! I'm a longtime follower of The Uptown Acorn and was incredibly touched when Ron invited me to participate.  When he first shared this series I immediately fell in love with the concept.  Taking a moment to determine the little things that make you happy certainly keeps things in perspective.

Quite simply, Ron has inspired me to do just keep track of what's made me smile throughout the day.  I picked up this happy, little journal and each night have been documenting the little things from the day that have made me happy.  Here are a few things I've repeatedly recorded since the series began.

My Morning Routine - I'm especially relishing my first cup of joe now that it's warm enough to sit on the back porch, listen to the birds, and watch our bees hard at work.  I love the quiet and sense of peace in preparation for the day. Bonus points if I've made a homemade latte.

Cooking - Greeks cook for those they love and I'm no exception.  Sharing the meal with loved ones makes it all the more special.  I especially enjoy making heirloom recipes that bring back memories.  Lamb chops and spanakorizo are my childhood in a bite.

Traditions - Big or small, I relish traditions of all sorts.  Something about knowing generations have celebrated and rejoiced in the same fashion brings me great comfort. Whether it's as elaborate as decorating Christ's Tomb for the Good Friday services, or as simple as choosing salmon colored geraniums because that's what my mama did, they certainly make me happy.

Dancing - My heart smiles once a week as I dance with the most incredible group of people.  This year I've been teaching the littles of our church the traditional dances as well.  Both are so good for my soul!

My Kiddos - This year marks my 15th year at my current school.  Not a day has gone by (even on the most trying of days when I am admittedly grumpy) that my kiddos haven't made me smile at some point -- even if it's a simile that compares me to Yoda.....

My Hubby and Family - My biggest blessings, by far, are my hubby, dad, and brothers.  Not a day goes by that I'm not beyond grateful to have them in my life.

Thank you again, Ron, for not only including me in this fabulous series, but also for inspiring me to remember to appreciate the little things in life, for they truly are the big things.

What Makes {The Happy Little Hive} Happy, y'all!


  1. I'm so thrilled to be included. Thank you again, Ron! Happy Wednesday and Happy Almost Summer!!!!!

  2. Adore sweet Melissa! So glad you included her in this series Ron. She always has such a sweet personality and positive outlook, even in the most trying of times.
    Melissa, adore the journal you picked up. Do you mind sharing where you got it? And, you had me choked up when you mentioned choosing salmon colored geraniums to remember your mom. We are hoping to add some flowers to our garden to honor my late MIL. And your food posts, well...just yum!!!

    1. Lauren, you are just the sweetest!! I found the journal at JoAnn's a while back. They had all sorts of darling sentiments. As for the flowers, I think that's a terrific idea! My mom had a wildflower garden for years. Since she passed the forget me nots have gone wild. Makes my heart smile. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Good evening, Ron, and good evening, Melissa! I, too, love that journal and would like to know where I can get one. I enjoyed your blog and am heading over to your blog to sign up for emails from you! Have a great evening, Ron and Melissa! xoxo

    1. Hi Ginger! I found the journal at JoAnn's. They had several patterns and phrases. Thank you for stopping by the blog! Always so happy to have new friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Melissa, I will pin your lamb chop looks yummy! Cute remark from one of your students. Reminds me of the time my granddaughter asked me, "Mamaw, were you always this old?" Yes, would you share where you purchased the happiness journal? I am headed to your blog now!

    1. Hi Donna! I found the journal at JoAnns. They had several patterns, but I love this sentiment! My kiddos never fail to entertain me! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Melissa, what a great post. What a wonderful idea to keep a post about all the things that make you happy.

    So glad to meet you and have a wonderful weekend.

    Thanks Ron for this wonderful blogger.



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